Moodle 2.0 Multimedia Cookbook

By Silvina Paola Hillar
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  1. Creating Interactive User eXperiences

About this book

Moodle is an open source virtual learning environment that is widely used in schools and businesses. By including multimedia, such as animated graphics, bitmaps, photographs, and videos in your Moodle site, you can enhance the enjoyment of your site's users and sustain their attention.

Moodle 2.0 Multimedia Cookbook provides a plethora of recipes showing you how to manage, link, and embed different multimedia resources into your Moodle course – ideal if you don't have the time to read a long tutorial and want quick ways to enhance your Moodle course.

Go beyond your normal use of Moodle and make your courses really attractive! This cookbook will give you inspiration and teach you to do things you never knew were possible. Link, edit, and embed bitmaps and photographs to illustrate your lessons. Learn to resize and convert images to the most appropriate formats for Moodle courses, interactive documents, and e-Portfolios. Work with animated graphics to create engaging activities and learn the most complex topics related to formats, compression, bitmaps, and vector graphics while following steps in these simple recipes.

Publication date:
May 2011
Publisher
Packt
Pages
256
ISBN
9781849514705

 

Chapter 1. Creating Interactive User eXperiences

In this chapter, we will cover:

  • Creating a cloze with pictures

  • Designing a True or False quiz

  • Developing a quandary maze activity with images

  • Carrying out and embedding an interactive flowchart

  • Designing matching activities with pictures

  • Ordering paragraphs with related scenes

  • Linking external 2D interactive activities

  • Linking external 3D interactive activities

 

Introduction


There are many ways to build or create rich interactive User eXperiences. We are going to learn how to design them using a combination of technologies, free and open source software, as well as services available on the Web.

This chapter explains how to create rich activities for Moodle courses. We will work with graphics to create engaging activities for our students. Images tend to be an important asset to bear in mind when designing an activity.

The aim of this chapter is to insert in our Moodle course the available applications in Web 2.0 in order to enrich our activities. We will use Hot Potatoes, JClic, and Quandary 2, which are visually rich, free software available on the Web. You can design activities using interactive websites as well.

This book will cover the topics of general knowledge. Therefore, in each chapter, we will cover a different topic. This chapter deals with Nobel Prize winners and people of achievement.

 

Creating a cloze with pictures


In this activity, we are going to create a cloze activity with images. We will deal with a Nobel Prize winner and write the biography using some images. Students write the correct name for those images and afterwards they name the person. The idea is that the images are to be relevant to both the biography and the work carried out by this Nobel Prize winner. By the way, you are not going to be given the name of the person until the end of this activity!

Getting ready

In this activity, we will use Hot Potatoes to create an activity using JCloze. You can download Hot Potatoes software from its website: http://hotpot.uvic.ca/#downloads.

Note

Hot Potatoes is a freeware, whose suite includes six applications enabling you to create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword, matching/ordering, and gap-fill exercises for the World Wide Web.

How to do it...

First of all, choose the person that you want to write about. You can choose a Nobel Prize winner from the following website: http://nobelprize.org/. Then, read the biography (you can find a more detailed biography at the following website: http://www.famouspeoplebiographyguide.com) and design the gap-filling exercise.

We design the activity in such a way that students are to be given the clue in the form of a picture placed near a textbox, where they have to write the correct word. Therefore, we have to find pictures in order to design the activity. Look for the free clipart at the Office Online Clip Art & Media at the following website: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/images/; another interesting and suitable website is http://www.openclipart.org/. Follow these steps in order to create a folder and find images for the activity:

  1. Create a new folder in Windows Explorer, for example C:\Images_Nobelprize.

  2. Open your web browser to search for an appropriate image.

  3. Write the word BABY in the textbox and click on the search button, as shown in the following screenshot:

  4. Double-click on the desired clipart or picture. The picture will appear in another bigger window.

  5. Right-click on the image and click on Save Picture As..., as shown in the following screenshot:

  6. Save the picture in the folder that was created in step 1. Choose the JPEG extension, as shown in the following screenshot:

  7. Repeat steps 2 – 6 in order to look for more images relevant to the biography of the person chosen.

How it works...

Run the Hot Potatoes software and click on JCloze (the blue potato). Follow these steps in order to design the activity:

  1. Complete the Title block.

  2. Write the biography of the person. Highlight the word where you want to create a gap.

  3. Click on Gap when you want to add one, as shown in the following screenshot:

  4. The circled underlined word is the one that is to be missing in the activity.

  5. You can add clues if you want or any alternative words. Then click on OK.

  6. Click on File | Save and save the file in the folder that was created to save the images.

  7. Insert the image to give a visual clue to the gap. Position the cursor where you want to insert the image. Click on Insert | Picture | Picture from Local File, as shown in the following screenshot:

  8. Choose the picture that you want to insert, click on Open, and then click OK. You will not see the image, but you will see HTML code in the textbox.

  9. Click on File | Create Web Page | Standard Format. Click on Save. Click on View the exercise in my browser. You will see the activity, as shown in the following screenshot:

This is just a part of the cloze. Add more images giving more clues about the correct Nobel Prize winner.

There's more

Now upload the previous activity designed in Hot Potatoes in our Moodle course. Open your Moodle course and choose the weekly outline section where the activity needs to be inserted. Before uploading the activity in Moodle, install the Hot Potatoes module in Moodle 2. So, if you do not have it installed, you need to talk to the administrator to do so. By the way, do you know who the Nobel Prize winner is?

Uploading the activity in Moodle

To upload both the activity and the images used in Hot Potatoes to our Moodle course, follow these steps:

  1. Click on Add an activity | HotPot.

  2. Click on the downwards arrow in the Name block and choose Get from source file.

  3. Click on Add | Upload a file | Browse | look for the file that you want to upload and click on it and on Open | Upload this file.

  4. Repeat step 2 in order to upload the images to the Moodle course used in the Hot Potatoes activity.

  5. In the Display block, click on the downwards arrow in Navigation and choose Embedded web page.

  6. Click on Save and display. The activity looks as shown in the following screenshot:

 

Designing a True or False quiz


In this activity, we are going to design a True or False quiz. It is not an ordinary one though. We create a guessing activity in which students decide whether the answers are either True or False, and in that way they try to guess the name of the Nobel Prize winner once again! So, let's get ready.

Getting ready

Choose the Nobel Prize winner that we want our students to guess. Then, design the activity using Moodle and insert images into our course, which is to be the multimedia asset in this recipe. We are also going to design the same activity using Hot Potatoes JQuiz (the yellow potato).

How to do it...

Bear in mind what type of information we want our students to guess. We are going to insert images in the questions. So, in this case, use free clipart from the following website: http://www.free-clipart-pictures.net.

Choose the weekly outline section where we want to insert our activity and follow these steps:

  1. Click on Add an activity | Quiz.

  2. Complete the Name and the Introduction block.

  3. Click on Save and display.

  4. Click on Show, as shown in the following screenshot:

  5. Click on Create a new question....

  6. A pop-out window displaying different types of questions will appear. Choose True/False, as shown in the following screenshot:

  7. Click on Next.

  8. Complete the Question text block. You can start adding information to students such as 'This person is a man'.

  9. Open your web browser and enter the following website: http://www.free-clipart-pictures.net.

  10. Click on Child Clipart.

  11. Right-click on the chosen clipart and click on Properties, as shown in the following screenshot:

  12. There will appear a pop-out window with the URL address of the image, to highlight it, and then right-click and copy it, as shown in the following screenshot:

  13. Click on OK.

  14. Go back to our Moodle course. Click on the Insert/edit image icon to upload the previous image.

  15. Complete the pop-up window, as shown in the following screenshot:

  16. Click on Insert.

  17. Complete the Feedback for the response 'True' and Feedback for the response 'False' blocks. You can add the correct images instead of writing. For example, if the person is not a woman, insert the image of a girl and a cross; if the person is a man, insert the image of the boy with a tick.

  18. Click on Save changes.

  19. Click on Add a question... | True or False | Next, as shown in the following screenshot:

  20. Complete the blocks with information about the Nobel Prize winner.

  21. Add as many questions as necessary.

  22. When there is no need to add more questions, go back to the course. The activity is ready to work with!

How it works...

Students are going to attempt the True or False quiz and after getting the results of the clues, they have to guess the name of the Nobel Prize winner. You may supply the name of the person in the last question of the activity. By the way, in this case, the Nobel Prize winner is John F. Nash Jr.

You can also save the images in a folder, as we have done in the previous recipe.

There's more...

We can also design the same activity using Hot Potatoes. This software also allows us to design True/False quizzes. Therefore, we open Hot Potatoes and we click on JQuiz. To start designing the guessing activity, follow these steps:

  1. Complete the Title block.

  2. Choose Multiple-choice in the downwards arrow that appears on the top right-hand margin.

  3. Write the sentence that students have to guess in the Q1 block.

  4. Write True and click on Accept as correct within Settings.

  5. Write False on the next one, as shown in the following screenshot:

  6. Click on the downwards arrow next to Q1, and Q2 will appear. Go on adding sentences to give tips to your students.

  7. Save the file. Click on File | Create a web page | Standard Format | Save | View the exercise in my browser.

  8. You can also add any images to the activity following the steps in the previous recipe.

  9. Upload the activity in the Moodle course, as explained in the previous recipe.

More info

We can also design a True or False activity using http://testmoz.com/. It is an interactive webpage where you can easily design this quiz. We can upload this activity in our Moodle course using the Add a resource choice. The website corrects the quiz by itself.

Follow these steps to create an interactive True or False quiz using testmoz:

  1. Click on Make a test.

  2. Complete the Test name block.

  3. Write a password. Then click on Continue.

  4. Click on Settings and complete the settings blocks. Then click on Save.

  5. Click on Add a New Question.

  6. Click on the downwards arrow in Type and choose True/False. Write the question in the Question block.

  7. Click on Save and Add a New Question, as shown in the following screenshot:

  8. When you finish adding questions, click on Save | Publish | Publish.

  9. Go back to the Moodle course to upload the quiz. Click on Add a resource | URL.

  10. Complete the Name and Description blocks. Remember to write the password, otherwise students won't be able to work with the quiz.

  11. Copy and paste the URL of the quiz in the External URL block.

  12. Click on Save and return to course.

  13. The quiz will be within our Moodle course!

Note

We should bear in mind that the quiz results from testmoz won't get passed back to Moodle, therefore they won't be included in the students' grade book.

See also

  • Creating a cloze with pictures.

 

Developing a quandary maze activity with images


In this activity, we are going to create a quandary maze using Quandary 2, which is a free and open source software. The only disadvantage is that it is only available for Windows. You can download it from the following website: http://www.halfbakedsoftware.com/quandary.php.

The quandary maze is about two people of achievement and a special animal. The three of them share a common characteristic. Students should guess their names by the clues given, and at the end of the maze they are going to figure out who they are. The idea is that they do not know who they are until the end of the maze in order to keep the mystery.

Getting ready

First of all, download and install Quandary 2. Then, think of the two people of achievement and the animal who share a common characteristic. Therefore, some information can be shared in the quandary maze, and in some instances, share the decision points or go back to them.

We will upload images in this activity, so create a new folder in your default web browser, for example, C:\Images_PeopleofAchievement. Save all the images here that we choose to design our activity.

How to do it...

Open Quandary 2. The title of the activity is: People of Achievement and a Special Animal. Students choose different decision points, and they will have to guess whose biography they are reading. They are provided with different clues, both by text and images.

Go to http://commons.wikimedia.org, wherein there are many free clipart to work with. Search for images that we want to insert in the activity and save them in the folder that we have already created.

Open Quandary 2 and follow these steps in order to develop this activity:

  1. Create a folder to save both the file and the images to work with.

  2. Click on File and select New.

  3. Click on File | Save as. Save the file in the folder that was just created.

  4. Complete the Exercise Title block.

  5. Complete the Decision Point title block.

  6. Complete the Decision Point contents block.

  7. Click on New Link, and click on the drop-down box in the pop-out window and select Create a new decision point.

  8. Complete the new block. Click on OK.

  9. Place the cursor in the Link text block and click on the Insert a picture icon. Click on Picture from local file, as shown in the following screenshot:

  10. Browse for the picture within the folder that you have created. Click on Open | OK | OK.

  11. Insert two or more New Links in the same way. Therefore, repeat steps 7-10 in order to create more decision points.

  12. Click on the right arrow on the left-hand side of the margin Decision Point number and the number changes to number 2. Go over the same process for making the maze, while guiding the students as to who they are.

  13. When you finish, click on File | Save File.

  14. Click on File and select Export to XHTML.

How it works...

It is time to upload the quandary activity into Moodle. Upload the activity as if it were a Hot Potatoes activity, so we need to have the HotPot module for this activity as well. Select the weekly outline section where you want to place the activity and follow these steps:

  1. Click on Add an activity | HotPot.

  2. Click on the downwards arrow in the Name block and choose Get from source file.

  3. Click on Add | Upload a file | Browse | look for the file that you want to upload and click on it and on Open | Upload this file.

  4. Repeat step 2 in order to upload the images to the Moodle course used in the Hot Potatoes activity.

  5. In the Display block, click on the downwards arrow in Navigation and choose Embedded web page.

  6. Click on Save and display; the activity looks as shown in the following screenshot:

By the way, their names are Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova, Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin, and Laika, the first dog in space.

 

Carrying out and embedding an interactive flowchart


In this recipe, we are going to work with the following website: http://classtools.net. There is a new item within its incredible variation of interactive activities and games that we can develop for free—Telescopic Topic allows us to carry out an interactive flowchart that can be opened as far as we want to expand our reading. The idea is to choose a Nobel Prize winner and write his biography; students can expand it, depending on how much they want to read.

You could give the name of the Nobel Prize winner at the beginning of the activity or you could play another type of guessing game, and after they read the biography of the said person, they have to find out who the person is.

Getting ready

First of all, think about the person to write about. After that, go to the aforementioned website and choose Telescopic Topic generator.

I would like to point out that this website offers an upgrade version with more facilities to work with. This is optional, and the recipe that we are going to work with is available for free.

How to do it...

You should think of the main items that will expand in the biography and add additional data to it.

We can either design this in any type of writing processor, that is to say Microsoft Word or Open Office, copy-and-paste it in the Telescopic Topic generator, or write it directly in the website. In this case, the activity is carried out directly in the website.

Follow these steps in order to develop the activity:

  1. Write the bullets for the biography of the person, as shown in the following screenshot:

  2. After writing the main bullets, click on the Indent icon, as shown in the previous screenshot, to add data on those items.

  3. Go on and complete the flowchart, indent the information towards the right. If you want to go back, choose the arrow towards the left.

  4. Make a link to a famous speech by this person. Highlight the words that you want students to click on, in the link. Click on the Insert/edit a link icon.

  5. Complete the Insert/edit a link block, which will appear in a pop-up window, as shown in the following screenshot:

  6. Click on Insert.

  7. Click on Preview.

  8. Click on Save.

  9. Enter a password and click on Submit.

  10. Click on embed, on the top left-hand margin and copy the code. You will use it afterwards to insert it in our Moodle course.

How it works...

We will carry out this activity in Online text so that students can say who the person is and why using the speech that we have made links to, they have a special clue. Follow these steps so that you can design the activity:

  1. Click on Add an activity | Online text (within Assignments).

  2. Complete the Assignment name block.

  3. Complete the Description block.

  4. Click on the HTML Source Editor icon and copy the code that is copied from the website.

  5. Click on Update.

  6. Click on Save and return to course.

  7. The activity looks as shown in the following screenshot:

By the way, the name of the Nobel Prize winner is Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Designing matching activities with images


In this activity, we would be working with another application available on the Web. It is a free, open source software called JClic author 0.2.0.5. So, the first thing that we have to do is to install it. We will create a matching activity with images. You can also carry out this activity using either Moodle or JMatch within Hot Potatoes.

Choose 16 people of achievement and their main characteristic will be labeled by an icon image. So, the students have to match each person with the achievement that they are famous for. Can you think of so many talented persons! Let's get ready!

Getting ready

We are going to work with JClic author, but in case that you do not happen to have it installed, you can download it from the following website: http://clic.xtec.cat/en/jclic/download.htm. You have to click on the JClic author icon and download the software following the steps.

After the installation, we are going to work with images from the following website: http://commons.wikimedia.org. Create a folder (as we have already done in the previous activities), in which we save all the icon images that we have chosen that represent these special people.

How to do it...

These are the steps that you have to follow to design the activity:

  1. Open the JClic author. Select File | New Project and complete the pop-up window, as shown in the following screenshot:

  2. Save the activity in the folder that you have created and saved the images in. Then click OK.

  3. Click on Project and complete the Title and the Description blocks, writing what students have to do in this activity.

  4. Click on Activities and select Insert | New activity. Select Complex association, as shown in the following screenshot:

  5. Write the name of the activity, as shown in the previous screenshot. Then click on OK.

  6. Complete the blocks related to Options, as you want to display the activity.

  7. Then click on Window. You are also going to customize it yourself or keep it as it is. There are many options to work with.

  8. You can also choose to design the messages by clicking on Messages.

  9. Click on Panel. Grid A is the grid on the left, and write the names of the people of achievement. Grid B is the grid on the right used to insert the icon images.

  10. Click on Grid A and complete the options, as shown in the following screenshot. Therefore, you can insert 16 names by clicking in each cell and completing the pop-out window that appears for each of them. Only enter text on this grid:

  11. Click on Grid B. Click on a cell, and then click on the big rectangle next to Image, as shown circled in the previous screenshot.

  12. A new pop-out window will appear. Click on New media object.... Choose the image that you want to upload. Click on Open | OK | OK. The image will appear inside the cell.

  13. Repeat the same process 15 more times, because we have inserted 16 people of achievement! Another option is to choose less items to connect.

  14. Select File | Save to save the changes made.

  15. Choose View | Preview activity. You can work out the activity, can't you?

How it works...

Now that we have designed the activity in JClic author, insert the previously created activity in our Moodle course. There is not a module or block available in Moodle 2 to insert JClic activities, and this is the reason why we have to make a link to the said file. Follow these steps to prepare the activity in order to upload it to Moodle afterwards:

  1. Click on Tools | Create web page, as shown in the following screenshot:

  2. A pop-up window appears. Click on OK | Save | Yes.

  3. The activity is ready to work with. It is time to upload it to the Moodle course.

Add this matching activity as a resource in the course. It can be the warm up activity to the introduction of any topic to deal with. Therefore, choose the weekly outline section where you want to place the activity and follow these steps:

  1. Click on Add a resource | File.

  2. Complete the Name and Description blocks.

  3. Click on Add | Upload a file | Browse and look for the file to upload in Moodle. Look for the .htm file that was previously created.

  4. Click on Open | Upload this file.

  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to upload the .jclic.zip file as well, as shown in the following screenshot:

  6. Click on Save and display. The JClic activity is ready to work with within Moodle!

There's more

We can add another activity after this one. Use this matching activity as a lead to a writing one, for example, or as a warm up for a special assignment. We can add an Online text activity so that students give their reasons on who the most amazing person is and why; for instance.

Creating a writing activity

Create a writing activity using the previous one designed in JClic author as a pre-writing one. Thus, follow these steps to insert this new one in our Moodle course:

  1. Click on Add an activity | Upload a single file.

  2. Complete the Assignment name and Description blocks.

  3. Click on Save and return to course.

 

Ordering paragraphs with related scenes


We can design this type of activity using several external software or tools available in Web 2.0. You can use JMatch within Hot Potatoes or a matching activity within the JClic author. However, we are not going to use those because we have already used them in the earlier recipes. Therefore, design an interactive timeline using the following website: http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/student-interactives/timeline-30007.html or you can also design it using Microsoft Word or Open Office with images in it.

Getting ready

Enter the aforementioned website and click on Timeline Tool so that we can design the timeline of a Nobel Prize winner. By the way, can you guess who we are going to work with?

How to do it...

Another screen will appear displaying the type of timeline that we are going to develop. So, these are the steps to follow:

  1. Click on Get Started.

  2. Another pop-up window will appear in which you have to complete the Title block as well as the author of the timeline in the By block.

  3. Click on Choose | Event within Unit of Measure.

  4. Click on Next Entry on the top-right margin.

  5. Complete the Event, Title, and Description blocks.

  6. Click on Next Entry on the top-right margin as many times as the number of events you want to add.

  7. When you finish the timeline, click on the Print Screen key and then paste the image in the Paint software or something similar.

  8. Click on the Select icon and cut the timeline. Copy-and-paste it in a new document and save it as a .png file so that we can upload it in our Moodle course. The timeline looks as shown in the following screenshot:

How it works...

We have already designed a timeline using the website. We have done it using the names of the events relevant to what this famous person has achieved throughout life. Thus, students are to be given several paragraphs and they have to put them in order using the information in this timeline.

Design this activity using Upload a single file because the main object is that they write the paragraphs in order of adding as much information as possible. Therefore, these are the steps that you have to follow to design this activity:

  1. Click on Add an activity | Upload a single file.

  2. Complete the Assignment name and Description blocks.

  3. Click on the Insert / edit an Image icon | Find or upload an image |Upload a file (on the left-hand margin) |Browse.

  4. When you find the image, click on Open | Upload this file | Insert | OK.

  5. Click on Save and return to course.

By the way, the name of the Nobel Prize winner is Mother Teresa.

 

Linking external 2D interactive activities


In this activity, we will write a brief introduction of the mathematician who worked out a theorem of triangles. Afterwards, we will make a link to an interactive blog that allows students to open a file and complete a chart about different 2D shapes. Thus, let's get ready.

Getting ready

This recipe is different from the others because, in this case, we will work with the results of people of achievement. Students read about him and they do an activity.

Look for some information about an old mathematician who worked out the theorem of triangles. Make a link to an interactive website that explains this theorem in an attractive way and then work with 2D shapes. We can design the activity in two parts. The first part is a passive activity because we have to give students some information about 2D shapes. Thus, add a resource, a page, and the second part is the activity.

Design the activity in Upload a single file, because the website that we choose to work with has a file that students have to complete. Therefore, when they complete it, they can submit it to the course!

How to do it...

The activity has already been explained before. Choose the weekly outline section where we want to place the resource. Then, follow these steps in order to carry it out:

  1. Click on Add a resource | Page.

  2. Complete the Name block.

  3. Complete the Description block.

  4. Complete the Page content block and make a link to the following websites: http://www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/Biographies/Pythagoras.html and http://www.mathsisfun.com/pythagoras.html, as shown in the following screenshot:

  5. Click on Save and return to course.

How it works...

We have already added some passive material in our course and now we add the activity in our Moodle course, just after the resource. So, follow these steps to design the activity:

  1. Click on Add an activity | Upload a single file, within Assignments.

  2. Complete the Assignment name block.

  3. Complete the Description block and make a link to the following blog: http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/custom/resources_ftp/client_ftp/ks2/maths/3d/index.htm.

  4. Click on Save and return to course.

  5. The activity looks as shown in the following screenshot:

 

Linking external 3D interactive activities


In this activity, we are going to write a brief introduction of the mathematician who is known to be the Father of Geometry. Afterwards, we make a link to the previous interactive blog that allows students to open a file and complete a chart about different 3D shapes.

Getting ready

This recipe is similar to the previous one. Look for some information about an old mathematician who is considered the Father of Sacred Geometry. The first part is a passive activity because we give students some information about Euclid of Alexandria.

Design the activity in Upload a single file, because the website that we choose to work with has a file that students have to complete. Therefore, when they complete it, they can submit it to the Moodle course!

How to do it...

The activity has already been explained before. Choose the weekly outline section where you want to place the resource. Then, follow these steps in order to carry it out:

  1. Click on Add a resource | Page.

  2. Complete the Name block.

  3. Complete the Description block.

  4. Complete the Page content block and make a link to the following website: http://concentricclothing.com/blog-post/sacred-geometry/euclid-the-father-of-geometry-sacred-geometry.

  5. Click on Save and return to course.

How it works...

Add the activity in the same weekly outline section, just after the resource. Follow these steps to design the activity:

  1. Click on Add an activity | Upload a single file, within Assignments.

  2. Complete the Assignment name block.

  3. Complete the Description block and make a link to the following blog: http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/custom/resources_ftp/client_ftp/ks2/maths/3d/index.htm.

  4. Click on Save and return to course.

  5. The activity looks as shown in the following screenshot:

There's more...

We have added a mathematical activity, but we can also add a link to the following website in which students can design a plane by dragging and dropping different 3D shapes: http://airplaneassembly.webs.com/. They can learn about aeroplane parts and recognize the geometric shapes used in making them.

About the Author

  • Silvina Paola Hillar

    Silvina Paola Hillar is Italian and has been teaching English since 1993. She has always had a great interest in teaching and has done a lot of research on teaching methodologies and management techniques, and embedded them into her e-learning and teaching. She has also explored different types of e-learning, combining them with Moodle. She also researches multimedia assets to enhance teaching and learning through VLE platforms. With her students, she tries to reinforce their learning through new resources that are appealing and innovative for them. In this way, she ensures that multimedia stimulates different thinking skills and multiple types of intelligence.

    She is an English teacher, a Certified Legal Translator (English/Spanish), and has a postgraduate degree in Education (graduated with honors). She has worked at several schools and institutions with native English speaking students and students of English as a foreign language, and as an independent consultant for many international companies as an interpreter, translator, and Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Course Designer.

    She has always had a passion for using technological devices in education. Formerly, videos and cassettes were a must in her teaching lessons; however, computers still play a big role. Her brother, Gastón C. Hillar, designed some programs and games for her teaching. Lately, she has been teaching using Moodle and the Web. She believes that one of the most amazing challenges in education is bridging the gap between classic education and modern technologies. She has authored: Moodle 1.9: The English Teacher's Cookbook, Moodle 2.0 Multimedia Cookbook, Moodle 2.5 Multimedia Cookbook Second Edition, Mind Mapping with FreeMind, Moodle 2.3 Multimedia, and Moodle for Beginners Video Course. When not tinkering with computers, she enjoys traveling with her son, Nico and her partner, Jorge, with whom she spends wonderful time.

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